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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-09-2010, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Antique 20g Metaframe



After a 23 year hiatus I decided to come back to fishkeeping. I have a few tanks. A fresh 10g up and running, 20g Meta-frame, used 43g breeder with 3 holes already drilled into it.

I started the 10gallon 6 weeks ago and even though it was really cool (low 60's) it still cycled in about 4 weeks. Eco-complete, moneywort and narrow red ludwigia and something else which I stiill need to get the name of. And it also has a bunch of WCMM swimming in it. I was doing this in anticipation of moving it all into my 20g.

Now I have a little delay.

I found this Metaframe "value-line" with a slate bottom at the curb at least 25 or so years ago. I used it for fish and later a bullfrog tadpole before I shelved it. Well, I filled it up yesterday and today there was about a 1/2 tablespoon of water that had dripped from the bottom. Not too bad. Before I found it "way back when", somebody had siliconed it. So now there is a small leak on the bottom. I need to trace it out. I did alot of reading on these old tanks so I shouldnt have a problem dealing with it. In the meantime I figured I might as well get the thread going.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-09-2010, 10:15 PM
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What do you mean by slate bottom? The bottom is made of rock?
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What did you have before you went on your hiatus?
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-09-2010, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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I had a 30 gallon "fish only" saltwater setup until one summer heatwave occured and I couldn't keep it cool enough and I lost it. At the time a UG filter with a powerhead was the hot ticket with an primitive airstone
protein skimmer. Back then you only had to let your tap water stand a few days. And use 4-5 times the amount of the chlorine remover. Now I am told that I should wait two weeks

I had a great Jack Dempsey for many years with Kuhli loaches in the tank that he could never catch.

Everything else was pretty much standard freshwater tropical tank.
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Sounds good, you should put up some larger pictures, you can use sites such as photobucket to upload pictures.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-09-2010, 10:43 PM
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Great tanks. They were made before silicon was around and always leaked after a few years in service. I had a 3-tier, 8' wall full of those tanks in the 60's but mine all had glass bottoms. lol

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dude, i love meta frame... im super jealous...
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-09-2010, 10:45 PM
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23 years hiatus, 60's, dang I feel young.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-09-2010, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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That's funny steve as I was just thinking about when I was a kid one of the local fish stores had all metal frame tanks. I couldn't post a link because I didnt have enough posts.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-09-2010, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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just off the shelf and before I filled it.
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